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Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly owned up to the mistake that led to Cleveland’s lone touchdown in the Panthers’ 17-13 victory.

Carolina’s 17-13 victory over Cleveland combined with Atlanta’s 30-14 whipping of New Orleans to set up a “win and you’re in” playoff scenario in the final weekend of the NFL season.

There is no magic number in the NFL, but with 20-20 hindsight you can see for the Carolina Panthers that 20 comes close.

Picking Kerry Collins over Steve McNair with the Panthers' first-ever draft choice? Bill Polian believes he got that one right. He writes about it in his new book "The Game Plan: The Art of Building a Winning Football Team."

It is time for the Charlotte Hornets to cut their losses on the Great Lance Stephenson Experiment.

Carolina stayed firmly in a bizarre playoff race Sunday, edging Tampa Bay, 19-17, on a sunny afternoon that the Panthers speckled with four field goals and just enough good plays to stay alive.

The Carolina Panthers’ clock management and play-calling near the end of Sunday’s 19-17 victory over Tampa Bay was much improved.

Two weeks ago, who thought the Carolina Panthers would be here, with a mid-December game that matters?

So how long should Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sit out? I think the answer is pretty obvious.

East Lincoln plays for the state 2AA football championship Saturday at 4 p.m., facing Washington at Wake Forest's home field in Winston-Salem. The Mustangs won the state title in 2012 and made it to the final before losing in 2008.

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Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.